Ask Me Another

Ophira Eisenberg

NPR's exciting new show featuring puzzles, word games and trivia played in front of a live audience. Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC.

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Ask Me Another
6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Grammatically Incorrect Songs

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:37 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Jess Banks and Paul Reyburn.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Paul, you're an actor and director?

PAUL REYBURN: Yes.

EISENBERG: And you were once in the "Full Monty." Did you go full monty?

REYBURN: We certainly did.

EISENBERG: All right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: How was it?

REYBURN: Revealing.

EISENBERG: Revealing.

REYBURN: Yes.

EISENBERG: And Jess, interesting job, a game publisher.

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Ask Me Another
9:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

One Or More

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Jake Stoler and Ileen Roos.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome to you both. Hi, Ileen. Hi, Jake. Now, you both grew up playing a lot of games at home. Jake, what was your favorite game to play at home with your family?

JAKE STOLER: We would rent the Jeopardy Nintendo game every week and that's kind of how I wound up here.

EISENBERG: Really? Okay. And Ileen?

ILEEN ROOS: Much more old school than that, Parcheesi and Trivial Pursuit and...

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Ask Me Another
9:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Fifty/Fifty

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round. From Misquoting Mark Twain, Gregory Guity.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Agrarian Maps, Jonathan Corbblah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Let's Get Randy, Jen Midura.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From One or More, Ileen Roos.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And from Soft Rock Café, John Woods.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Art, take us out.

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Ask Me Another
9:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Soft Rock Cafe

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's move on to our next two contestants. Please welcome Justin Ober and John Woods.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We are happy to have you both.

JOHN WOODS: Thank you.

EISENBERG: John, quick question for you. What is your guilty pleasure of music to listen to?

WOODS: Oh, I listen to the Top 100 of every year on the Billboard charts. They come out with a list every year. So I go through the 1 to 100. I rank them and I just go from there really.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Go from there like into life?

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Ask Me Another
10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Solving With Es

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Here's To You, Mr. Robinson, Ana Chawla. From International Doppelgangers, Kim Roth. From the Idiot Jukebox, Ben Kopish. From That's Not Fair, Monique Sulle, and from Three Characters In Search of an Author, Amanda Strogoff.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to crown our winner.

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Ask Me Another
10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Tom Ruprecht: Make It 'Til You Fake It

Tom Ruprecht.
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 12:45 pm

  • Bonus: Tom talks about a joke for Late Show that ticked off the White House

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Ask Me Another
10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Three Characters in Search of An Author

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 7:05 pm

The premise of this game is quite simple: host Ophira Eisenberg names three literary characters, all creations of the same author, and you must name their creator. But things may get tricky. Who is responsible for writing Pudd'nhead Wilson? Iris Chase? Klamm?

Ask Me Another
9:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ants Marching

No summer is complete without a picnic, just as no picnic is completed without a few little annoyances: sunburn, spilled wine or ants. Ants! (Shakes fist.) This game, led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, imagines some heightened picnic scenarios, all of which are clues to words that end with the letters "-ant."

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Ask Me Another
9:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Songs Of The Summer

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

At this time, let's bring back our VIP, Nellie McKay, to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And we also have two new contestants, Judy Wolf and Cassidy Brown.

(APPLAUSE)

CASSIDY BROWN: Hello.

EISENBERG: Hello, hi. Judy, Cassidy, what is a song that I might find on your soundtrack.

BROWN: I think I have to download it still, because...

EISENBERG: OK, Cassidy?

BROWN: ...But the (singing) hot town, summer in the city, the back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.

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Ask Me Another
9:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

They're Not Booing

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WNYC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. Coming up, we'll reminisce about the songs of summer, and we'll take a cinematic tour of New York City. Plus we'll put director David Wain and actor B.J. Novak up to another ASK ME ANOTHER challenge. But first, joining us onstage right now are Allison Kelsey and Sam Denehy.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Allison, you are joining us from Philadelphia.

ALLISON KELSEY: I am.

EISENBERG: And you used to work in Central Park.

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Ask Me Another
10:03 am
Thu September 26, 2013

In A World...

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:19 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now we have Marti Davidson Sitchel and Bill Holzapfel.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Marti, Bill, summer blockbusters. Tell me about one that either changed your life or was the biggest waste of your money. Marti?

MARTI DAVIDSON SITCHEL: If you're going there, I really like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: You really like the "Star Treks." There you go.

SITCHEL: I do like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: That does well with our people.

SITCHEL: They're my kind of people.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mind Your Ps And Qs

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion so let's bring back the winners from all of our former games. From Which Came First Jamie Orenstein. From Triple Word Score David Schmidt. From Istanbul, Not Constantinople, Jim Sparnon. From In A World, Bill Holzapfel. And from Just Add Nada, Cody Lee.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chanesky to crown our winner.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Planet Money: Our Perplexing Economy, Explained

"If you bought [gold] now, you'd be making a slightly less bad mistake than if you bought two months ago," says Planet Money's Alex Blumberg, center. He and co-creator Adam Davidson, right, spoke with host Ophira Eisenberg.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:16 pm

  • Bonus: Adam and Alex on what America can learn from Canada economy

Imagine that you had a fun evening at a bar, chatting with a friend about the economy. That's the essence of NPR's Planet Money. With the aid of a team of reporters, co-creators Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg help listeners make sense of how economic changes impact our lives in an entertaining twice-weekly podcast.

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Ask Me Another
3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Just Add Nada

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:27 pm

A word that literally means nothing takes on a whole new meaning in this game led by house musician Jonathan Coulton. Contestants must identify words that, when the letter "O" is added to their end, become different words. For example, adding nada to what the "D" stands for in CD-ROM — "disc" — produces a music genre — "disco."

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Loose Change

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, what we've been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round. From Name that Candy Bar, Sarah Sheppard.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's All Squeak to Me, Stephen Kendall. Time to Turn off the TV, Dan Moren. Street Music, Steve Spinoglio. Celebrity Secret Words, Margaret Maloney. All right, Noah, how are we going to wrap this show up?

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Celebrity Secret...Words

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants: Margaret Maloney and Eric Schulmiller. Happy to have you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, you are a cantor at a synagogue, awmane.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And you have Schul in your name.

ERIC SCHULMILLER: That's actually thanks to my wife. We actually combined our names when we got married. I was Miller and she was Schulman, and we just shared.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Street Music

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let me introduce our next two contestants: Sterling Walker and Steve Spinoglio.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Sterling, you have a PhD in neuroscience. I didn't know that was a real thing. I just thought that was something you say sarcastically to people.

(LAUGHTER)

STERLING WALKER: No, that's true.

EISENBERG: But you actually have it.

WALKER: Yes.

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Ask Me Another
1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Nursery Rhyme News

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:54 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Amy Passiak and Kevin Maroney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Amy, you are a classics major, and you work in art conservation. Kevin, you publish the New York Review of Science Fiction.

KEVIN MARONEY: It's true.

EISENBERG: Here is my first question for you, Amy. This is not a quiz, just curious. What is your favorite nursery rhyme?

AMY PASSIAK: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. It's really the first one I can think of.

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Ask Me Another
1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Last Film I'd Want To See

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:54 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Isn't It Ironic, Jessica Morello; from Minimum Sentence, Whitney Reynolds; from Sensational Spelling Bee, Virginia Roberts; and from Nursery Rhyme News, Kevin Maroney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: They'll be playing our Ask Me One More final round, and I'm going to ask puzzle guru Mary Tobler to lead our final game.

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Ask Me Another
1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Adam Rapoport: Good Eggs, Bad Apples

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"I don't want a waiter to lecture me, and have to explain to me how to eat something. It's like, 'Dude, stop.'" Bon Appétit magazine editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport.
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Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 1:33 pm

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Ask Me Another
4:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Mister-y Men

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 10:25 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Mind in the Gutteral Scott Bergeron; from All in the Cards, Melissa Kalwanaski; from Charming Old Moviehouse Justin Sheen; from I Am Not the Walrus, Jonathan Firestone; and from Down With O.P.P, Stacey Molski.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to take us out.

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Ask Me Another
4:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Peter Sagal: The Oddly Informative Quiz Show Host

Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg chats with Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal onstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., about how to host the perfect public radio game show.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:59 pm

  • Bonus 1: Peter Sagal reveals his inner (and outer) nerd
  • Bonus 2: Peter Sagal on rebellion, motorcycles and parenting

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Ask Me Another
4:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Down With 'O.P.P.'

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 10:25 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Up next are contestants Stacey Molski and Dan Welch.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Well, hello, Dan, Stacey. Dan, are you a trivia player?

DAN WELCH: Occasionally. Yes.

EISENBERG: Do you have a specialty?

WELCH: A little bit of everything, I hope.

EISENBERG: A little bit of everything. OK. That's good. That's going to help you. Stacey?

STACEY MOLSKI: Same.

EISENBERG: Little bit of everything?

MOLSKI: Yeah, a little bit of everything.

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Ask Me Another
1:22 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Really Hard Edition: Part 3

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 10:06 am

According to puzzle editor Art Chung, some games on Ask Me Another are hard because they're created with only one person in mind who can play them: our V.I.P., or Very Important Puzzler.

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Ask Me Another
1:22 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Really Hard Edition: Part 2

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 10:06 am

The hour continues as host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung unearth notorious stumpers from the Ask Me Another archives. How well do you know your "qwertyuiop"? We ask contestants to create words using letters found on the "Top Row" of a computer keyboard. Mental math meets pop music in "Algebraic Music" (with an assist from house musician Jonathan Coulton) and the names of esteemed world leaders get reduced to animal-related puns in "Imperial Pets."

Ask Me Another
1:22 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Really Hard Edition: Part 1

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 10:06 am

This hour, revisit some of Ask Me Another's hardest games with host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung. If Nietzsche and Kierkegaard were actually hacky comedians, their jokes might sound a little like those told by puzzle guru John Chaneski in "The Philospher's Comedy Club." Find out from Art the original conceit of this game (hint: it involved people in tights), then try mashing up notable names in "Presidential Middle Names"--it may prove to be more brain-melting than enlightening.

Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Academy Award Thesaurus

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:56 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back our winners from our earlier rounds. From Flip It and Reverse It, Matt Ragan. From Ted Talks, Lily Rothman. From Do You Believe In Something, Tracey Rhys. From Foodie Can't Fail, Emma Schwartz, and from I-plurals, Ann MacEwan.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru, Art Chung, to take us out.

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Julie Klausner: The Pop Culture Maven

Julie Klausner.
Mindy Tucker

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:13 pm

The constant flow of celebrity scandals, blockbuster films and reality TV shows these days can seem overwhelming — and in some cases, quite trivial. So leave it to comedian Julie Klausner to make pop culture relevant. As the media ambassador for Vulture.com, the entertainment site for New York magazine, Klausner recaps shows like The Real Housewives reality series, makes weekly videos on pop culture topics, and appears on TV to discuss what's taboo and what's worth following.

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

i-Plurals

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Mike Blejer and Anna MacEwan.

(APPLAUSE)

MIKE BLEJER: Hi.

EISENBERG: Hi to both of you. Anna, you are an elementary school nurse.

ANNA MACEWAN: I am.

EISENBERG: Who is known as the singing nurse. Because you sing all the time?

MACEWAN: Yeah. That's what they say. That's usually at the hospital that I do more of the singing, but not so much at the school.

EISENBERG: OK.

MACEWAN: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Banned In Boston

It's been a great time in Boston, but we've reached the Ask Me One More final round. Puzzle guru Art Chung leads the final five contestants in a game comprised of words, phrases and names that begin with the letters B-A-N. For example, the triangular patterned cloth you might wear around your head or neck would be a "bandana," and if it doesn't bear the Red Sox logo, then you're in the wrong town.

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